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Dec 16, 2013

Eurocopter issues safety alert over EC135 fuel gauge error

LONDON (Reuters) – Eurocopter issued a safety alert to operators of its EC135 helicopters on Monday after aircraft from the same fleet as one that crashed into a Scottish pub last month killing 10 people and some in Europe were found with a fuel gauge defect.

UK-based air services company Bond Aviation grounded its fleet of 38 EC135s on December 11, after an air ambulance, one of its 22 aircraft leased in Britain, was found to have a fuel indicator problem. Tests found others also had the same fault.

Dec 12, 2013

UK firm involved in fatal crash grounds EC135 helicopter fleet

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – British-based air services
company Bond Aviation said on Thursday it had suspended its
global fleet of 38 EC135 helicopters following discovery of a
technical fault in one.

A Bond Aviation EC135 helicopter leased to the police
dropped from the sky onto a pub in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov.
29, killing three crew and seven others. Britain’s Air Accidents
Investigation Branch (AAIB) has so far found no evidence of
engine or gearbox failure in that helicopter.

Dec 12, 2013

UK’s Co-op appoints Myners on 1 pound salary to lead review

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s troubled Co-operative
Group named ex-Treasury minister Paul Myners to its
board on Thursday on a token salary of just one pound ($1.6) to
help review the running of the customer-owned retail-to-funerals
operator.

The appointment takes effect immediately, with Myners saying
the group was at a crucial point in its development and facing
serious challenges in terms of business performance.

Dec 5, 2013

Hurricane-force winds wreak havoc in Britain, head to Europe

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Hurricane-force Storm Xaver blasted towards mainland Europe on Thursday after cutting transport and power in northern Britain and killing three people in what meteorologists warned could be the worst storm to hit the continent in years.

British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would shut on Thursday night and warned of “the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years in England”. Prime Minister David Cameron called two emergency meetings to discuss strategy.

Dec 5, 2013

Hurricane-force winds hit Scotland, close in on Germany

BERLIN/LONDON Dec 5 (Reuters) – Hurricane-force winds
disrupted transport and power supplies in Scotland and
threatened coastal flooding in England as they closed in on
north Europe in what meteorologists said could be one of the
most powerful storms to hit the continent in years.

British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to
protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would
shut on Thursday night and warned of “the most serious coastal
tidal surge for over 60 years in England”. Prime Minister David
Cameron called a meeting to discuss strategy.

Dec 5, 2013

Hurricane Xaver batters Scotland as Germany braces for storm

BERLIN/LONDON Dec 5 (Reuters) – Hurricane-force winds
disrupted transport and power supplies in Scotland and
threatened coastal flooding in England as they closed on
northern Europe in what meteorologists said could be one of the
most powerful storms to hit the continent in years.

British authorities announced the Thames Barrier, designed
to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would
close on Thursday night and warned of “the most serious coastal
tidal surge for over 60 years in England”. Prime Minister David
Cameron called a meeting to discuss strategy.

Dec 3, 2013

Britain vows to crack down on slavery after women’s rescue

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Britain vowed on Tuesday to step
up its fight against modern-day slavery, warning that the
discovery last month of three women imprisoned for 30 years in
horrific conditions in London was just the tip of the iceberg.

Home Secretary Theresa May said police last week rescued a
further 17 people in Leeds, northern England, mainly Slovakians,
who were living in poor housing with no access to local support
services while forced to work long hours for little or no pay.

Nov 28, 2013

Church of England proposes ‘blessings’ for gay marriage

LONDON (Reuters) – Church of England clergy would be able to “bless” same-sex relationships under long-awaited proposals unveiled on Thursday as the church adopts a more open – but disputed – approach to homosexuality.

Although gay couples would still not be able to legally marry in a church, the proposed change would officially sanction clergy to let gay and lesbian couples mark and celebrate same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in a church service.

Nov 26, 2013

Battle lines drawn as Scotland unveils independent future

GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) – The Scottish government unveiled its long-awaited vision for independence on Tuesday, promising Scots they could forge their own prosperity but keep the pound and the queen if they vote next year to end a 306-year-old union with England.

With separatists lagging in opinion polls, First Minister Alex Salmond said an independent Scotland would take charge of its own finances, raising taxes and spending revenues from North Sea oil and gas reserves as it sees fit.

Nov 26, 2013

Independent Scotland would keep the pound and the queen, says Salmond

GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) – An independent Scotland would keep the British pound, the queen and remain in the European Union but have its own defense force and collect its own taxes, First Minister Alex Salmond said on Tuesday.

In a 670-page blueprint aimed at convincing Scots they should vote on September 18 next year to end a 306-year union with England, Salmond said there would be no need to increase taxes if Scotland broke away.

    • About Belinda

      "As Chief Correspondent, Britain, at Reuters I cover a wide range of stories ranging from how politics and the economy impact day-to-day life to the royal family and the BBC. During my 20 years at Reuters, I have also worked in Australia, the United States and Sweden, covering politics, companies, commodities and investment banking. I was also Global Editor of Entertainment and Lifestyle based in New York and I ran inhouse training for Reuters' 2,500 journalists."
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      1994
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